Despite Japan B.League offer, PBA return still first option for Calvin Abueva

Calvin Abueva admitted on Saturday that he has indeed received an offer to play in Japan’s B.League.

The 32-year forward out of San Sebastian College, who has been serving an indefinite suspension from the PBA since June of 2019, bared that an offer to play in the Japanese premier basketball league has been relayed to him by an agent friend.

“May alok ako, tinext ako nung kaibigan kong agent. Hinahanap nga raw ako sa kanya ng isang Japanese team,” said Abueva who refused to identify the team and the agent.

The offer came just days after Thirdy Ravena was formally introduced by San-En NeoPhoenix as their Asian import for the upcoming season. Ravena became the first Filipino to sign up as an import under the Asian Player Quota.

Teams in the B.League can enlist one Asian player aside from three foreign reinforcements. Asian players are considered as locals and will have no playing restrictions while only two ‘World Imports’ can play on the court simultaneously.

Despite the offer, ‘The Beast’ is still more interested in resuming his PBA career.

“Sa ngayon, hindi ko pa masyado nahaharap kasi may contract pa ko, saka kung ako masusunod gusto ko muna ayusin yung sa PBA. Yun naman talaga ang gusto natin,” said Abueva whose contract with the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters is about to expire soon.

If things, however, don’t turn out as planned, the 7-time PBA All-Star might just consider the offers on the table.

“Eh, syempre lagi mo uunahin yung kapakanan ng pamilya mo. Pag talagang walang nangyari, baka consider ko rin yun. Kasi hindi naman na tayo bumabata,” said Abueva.

“Ang sa kin lang, mas gusto ko sa PBA. Ito naman lagi ang first option ko ever since. Pero kung wala pa rin, syempre baka humanap na muna tayo ng iba,” he added.

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